Lil Nas X has called out the music industry forcing LGBTQ artists to be “sanitized” by censoring “anything sexual”.
Speaking to CBS News, the Grammy-winning singer and rapper discussed his decision to come out as gay as his hit ‘Old Town Road’ sat atop the Billboard Hot 100.
Lil Nas X said it “would have been the most authentic time” to come out.
“It’s like I’m not doing it for attention,” he said. “I’m already like the number one artist in the world right now.”
He added that while there was “definitely some fear” about his decision, “it’s like I wasn’t doing it for attention. I’m already like the number one artist in the world right now.
Lil Nas X then suggested that gay artists in the music industry be required to censor themselves in a way he refused to do.
“I feel like I’m definitely a lot more ‘out there’ with it,” he said of his sexuality. “It’s always been, ‘Ok, if you’re gay, it needs to be sanitized. Let’s not include anything sexual.
He added: “It’s like, ‘Be gay without being gay. We don’t want to know what’s going on behind closed doors, or we don’t want you to voice it.
Lil Nas X chooses to be so open because he wants “every other artist to feel the same,” he said.
The “Montero” singer has embraced his identity as a gay black man in the music industry, often courting controversy and angering social conservatives in the process. But he’s also used his public platform to reach out and give hope to young LGBTQ people who may be struggling with their own journey of self-discovery.
In February last year, Lil Nas X shared a series of TikTok videos documenting his life story, including his battles with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, even as he rose to stardom. music.
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In March he published a heartfelt letteraddressed to himself at age 14, about his public coming out in which he again discussed his struggles with suicidal thoughts.
“I know we promised to die with secrecy, but it will open the doors for many more gay people to simply exist,” he wrote in the letter. “You see, it’s very scary for me, people will be angry, they’ll say I’m pushing an agenda. But the truth is I’m pushing it. The agenda for people to stay out of other people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be.
Conservatives have frequently attacked Lil Nas X, especially after satanic and shamelessly LGBTQ imagery was included in the award-winning “Montero” music video.
Lil Nas X portrayed several characters in the video, including Adam and the Serpent in Garden of Eden, who eventually kiss. The video ends with the performer dancing in hell and giving Satan a lap dance – before breaking his neck and taking his horns.
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The video was met with typical outcry from anti-LGBTQ figures, which Lil Nas X happily responded to on Twitter in a series of clever clapbacks.
He also denounced the hypocrisy behind the conservative backlash, writing on Twitter: “I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the shit you all preached that would happen to me because I was gay. So I hope you’re mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have at ourselves.
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